LETTERS:   Living wages

To the editor:

I agree with Jeremiah Lange (page 2, last week) 100 percent in what he said about companies offering a living wage to keep people in Marion.

The picture he paints is realistic. I once lived in Great Bend and had to make the move to Alaska due to family issues, but I would, and very much want, to move back into the Marion area someday soon.

The biggest questions on my mind are always regarding jobs and wages. I fully intend to be a 100 percent productive member of society. Here in Alaska I am an EMT firefighter, public information officer for the Alaska Fire Service, and a certified forensics photographer. But the chances of a living wage job within Marion County scare me.

Marion is a beautiful place, and its people have to come together and create a way to get those new businesses into the city.

It’s a matter of survival. I don’t want to read about Marion in one of Daniel Fitzgerald’s books about the ghost towns of Kansas. I plan on bringing a business to town (a small photography studio to start, and one or two other possibilities if the franchise licensing works out), but I have to know that Marion and Marion County want to grow to a point where my wife and I can become established and prosper.

I sure hope that day will come when I pack my bags and don’t look over my shoulder at Alaska, but look forward to my wide-open plains and God’s best people on Earth.

I look forward to someday being proud to support my future community and friends, it’s time for some honest growth to avoid Jeremiah’s word picture.

Dave LaForest
Soldotna, Alaska

Last modified March 21, 2013

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